Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Little White Church

oil painting of little white church
copyright Vernita Bridges Hoyt 2010
"The Little White Church"
Contemporary Painting - 'The Little White Church' (Original Art from Vernita Bridges Hoyt)

The Little White Church

I am so glad I could contribute a professional giclee print to an auction fundraiser for the Historic First Christian Church building in Grapeland, Texas. I donated the first run artist's proof, signed for the occasion. I was surprised with a nice article written by the board of directors about me and my paintings that was published in a tri-county newspaper, The Messenger. Totally surprised, and appreciative!

The original painting, oil on linen-wrapped board, was painted entirely with a palette knife and was sold soon after completion. The 9x12 inch print of the Historic First Christian Church building in Grapeland, Texas, also is available online. Twenty-percent of the print sale profits will be donated to the building maintenance fund. Please view a large painting detail at the link above.


Plains TX Motel Sign Sketch

Here's my plein air version of the old motel sign in Plains, TX.  On 8.5x5.5 Masters Touch sketchbook, after Micron 01 ink drawing I did a fast underpainting of pale UB + quin gold then added other colors when dry.  I love the very old tiny sign announcing they have TELEPHONES in the rooms.  A small broken sign is across from that with its plastic busted out showing light bulbs.  We saw one car and one large yellow brown dog chained up outside in this Small Town USA scene.  Such fun to stop and smell the cactus with Susie P.  We are both taking Sketchbook Skool and was one of the homework lessons to do of going outside with a buddy to do illustrated journaling.

Plains Motel

Friday Kay was coming through town, and we were going to meet at the DQ, but i told her I would be at the Motel sketching when she came through.  She stopped and we both sketched. My first one was a warm up i guess....cause i was talking! haha..when she left i got my big sketchbook and re-sketched it in the car, and painted it while i was there to see shadows, etc.  It was such fun to see Kay, and to sketch! This was taken with my phone, and it needs to be redone,  having a few computer issues right now, so this will have to work. I don't know what it is about sketching or  painting on location, but I feel so good after I do a sketch. It is addictive because of the feeling of satisfaction that you get from it. I wish we could all go on a sketch trip! 

"Heaven is a '57" on wine label for 50's car event.

Look what I got in the mail yesterday! 
My "Heaven is a '57" watercolor on the wine label for
Lost in the 50's weekend-long 50's event in Sandpoint, Idaho.
These bottles were given as gifts to all who entered their classic cars in the show. Big weekend of cars, dancing and entertainment. Leslie Gore was one of the headliners.


I am on a roll.  Just finished this morning and have a couple more on the go.  This is an 11 x 14 watercolour on Aquabord.  I called it Flirt, just seemed right somehow.

I am uncertain  about watercolour on Aquabord.  I keep going back in and trying and always come up uncertain.  The resolution on this photo is not doing it justice... it is sharper. I love acrylics on Aquabord. I may have to change my approach and ditch the water-colour on this stuff.

Yikes, I just noticed I only have one sheet of Arches 300 lb paper left.  Have any of you purchases any since they were acquired?  I really hope it is the same quality.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Finally finely finished

Well, I have been working on this painting of white roses seemingly forever.  I almost cannot believe I finally finished it and signed it this past weekend!

It was truly looming over me. I have so much work to get done before Christmas and could not focus with this one "looking" at me. There will be lots more to follow soon.

This is an old fashioned rose that grows at the back of our garden.  It starts out transparent white (almost) and as the season matures, the blooms get increasingly pinkish and corral. I think I do a painting of this bush each year!

With all the travelling around this summer and early fall, I felt AWOL and missed my studio so much and also my Art Colony friends. Happy to be back at it and able to participate again :)

Friday, October 10, 2014


On the rocks for a break or setting up a campsite.. use your imagination :) 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Kool Aid Pie Recipe sketch

I started another 6 weeks of Sketchbook Skool, and this is our first homework.
Sketch a recipe. I normally use the smaller 5x8 sketchbook, but I switched to an 8.5x11 and the pie crust GREW!  It got too big! Then I didn't have as much room for my finished pie, etc.
I normally draw with pen and ink, but did this in pencil first. I used watercolor and a little bit of gouache. It was fun, but very time consuming. You should try this recipe! It is very good, and you can use other flavors of kool aid.  Keri gave me this recipe a while back. You can make them in the little mini crusts too and they are so cute!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

30 Day Challenge over!

Now if I will just keep going!  It has been harder this time than the first. I think because I did mostly watercolors, and they are harder to paint than oil or acrylic. (for me anyway)  I had fun experimenting with the huge brush and ink. This has been good because I have come up with some new ideas, and hopefully I will paint more.  As with last time, I wondered at times WHY did I do this challenge but when it's all said and done, I am glad I did. It pushed me and challenged me.  Actually one of the hardest things for me is finding what I want to paint.
all of these are available.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Old West TX Truck

11x15 watercolor completed yesterday, a commission that is SOLD.   This old hunk of rusting metal was photographed by me in Lamesa, TX years ago, sitting by its lonesome self in a vacant lot. With my third time painting a rural scene such as this, I've omitted a few background houses and made the setting into a landscape with cloudy skies. Foreground weeds are done in many layers as well as negative painting and splattering. It was done on Arches rough 140 lb cold press paper/Daniel Smith pigments: Quinacridones burnt orange and gold, undersea green, ultramarine blue, green gold, burnt sienna, raw umber, sepia, raw sienna, coastal fog, carbazole violet, indigo, transparent pyrrol orange and Halloween orange.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

"All Aglow" floral watercolor

Watercolor on Arches 300# cold press, 9"x 12"

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Day 19-25

This is the 3rd week of the 30 day Challenge.
 It is nearly finished. I have had to struggle but glad I stuck it out.
The Buffalo is an oil, and the 2 bikes and the fish are acrylics. the others are Watercolor.
all of these are available from me or Daily Paintworks.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

"Whiskey Point Sunset" watercolor class demo by Diane Morgan

Demo from last Thursday's watercolor class at InterValleyHealthPlan.  "Whiskey Point Sunset" 10"x 13-1/2" on Arches cold press. $99 class demo sale
See the entire $99 collection at

Monday, September 22, 2014


Janet just sent this to me and it really is inspiring and thought that others of you might enjoy it as well!!!  I have not subscribed to this but see there seem to many wonderful articles she has written for those who are creative!!!  Enjoy!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Backyard Studio Selfies in the Rain TODAY

Susie Powell (SuzyPal) and myself on the right taking quick selfies a few hours ago at her new studio building.  I'd driven hours in the flooding rainstorms from New Mexico so was glad to stop and visit with a tour of the Backyard Studio.  I got to see her 30 in 30 works, sketchbook, plus the latest this awesome artist has been churning out.  Such a dear friend or pal I should say!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

30 Day Challenge and New Book

This is day 12-18 Collage. The 30 day has been a struggle but I will make it!! It has been a while since I posted anything! I have been painting every day, trying to keep up. I didn't plan very well this time, so it has been really hard. Most of the daily paintings have been small. some 1/8 of a sheet, some like 8", some 5x7, etc. in January I did all 6x6 oils and they were so quick and easy. I am doing watercolors from our trips and I will be GLAD when it's over! haha

I got 2 paintings in Chris  Unwins new book. 'The Artistic Touch 6'.  If you are interested in a signed copy, email me with address, etc. They are $28 + SH


Friday, September 19, 2014

Interview for Master Secrets Summit

I was honored to be selected by Kathryn Lloyd for the Master Secrets Summit.  My interview is now live online and may be viewed at

Also released today....interviews with Michel Del Campo and Joe Mancuso.  You can see all the interviews at